Arsenal close Hale End academy after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

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Arsenal have been forced to close their Hale End academy base (Picture :Getty)

Arsenal have closed their Hale End academy after a senior member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The Gunners decided to close their academy base in Walthamstow, east London through fears that the staff member came into contact with scores of others after he returned from a trip abroad.

Staff members were told that they must stay away from the academy until further notice, according to the Athletic.

An Arsenal spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that a member of staff from our Hale End Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test result arrived at 5pm today and the member of staff immediately left the site to self-isolate.

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Arsenal’s first team train in London Colney, Hertfordshire (Picture: Getty)

‘As a consequence, six other members of staff are now self-isolating and we have initiated track and trace for the entire site. We are working through our CCTV and attendance records on site in order to continue the track and trace process.

‘Our Hale End Academy will now be closed on Thursday 8 October for deep cleaning. After Thursday, we will review our coaching plans at Hale End accordingly and will keep all staff, parents and young players fully informed. The health and safety of everyone on all our sites is our paramount concern. No members of our men’s or women’s first-team squads have been affected’.

The base is completely separate from the first team training ground, which is based in London Colney, Hertfordshire.

Hale End will facility will undergo a deep clean on Thursday while the club reviews the situation.

It comes as defender Kieran Tierney was ruled out of Arsenal’s game against Manchester City after he came into contact with a player that had tested positive for Covid-19.

The Scot must isolate for a fortnight but Arsenal are exploring their options as the defender is believed to have tested negative for the virus.

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